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Preveli Beach is located on the south coast of Crete Island, a little over 100 km from the capital of Heraklion and the main airport of the island. It is closer to the city of Chania and its airport, yet still one hour away by car.
The distance to the town of Plakias is 10 km, while the city of Rethymnon is 43 km away. Preveli Beach is on the south side of Crete. It is 10 km away from the famous beach Plakias. Access to Preveli Beah is not possible, as there is no parking area.
However, there are four alternatives.

How do you get to Preveli Beach?

The easiest is to take the taxi boat from Plakias or Agia Galini to Preveli. It departs during the day and leaves you at the beach from where it picks you up in the afternoon. 

If you come by car, drive to the Monastery of Kato Preveli and after 1.5 km, stop at the parking space. Take the path that leads to the beach after 15-20 minutes of walking. The signs help you find the entrance to the pathway. The benefit of this choice is that you get to see the gorge from above, and the view is enchanting.

However, if you choose to follow this pathway you need to have sneakers, sunscreen, a hat, and water. The sun during summer is hot, and there are no trees on the way. Keep in mind that even though going down the path is quite fun and easy, the ascend can be challenging if you are not used to hiking. 

An alternative itinerary is to drive to Drimiskiano Ammoudi, the beach next to Preveli. Leave the car there and walk a five-minute path to the beach. You might not get the view that the long pathway offers, but you get the convenience of being at the beach faster and effortlessly. 
Preveli is a famous beach on the south side of Crete

Preveli is a famous beach on the south side of Crete Island. Crete is the biggest island in Greece, and it attracts visitors because it is a place where you can find everything, from modern cities and exotic beaches to gorges and big mountains. 

The local legend says that the mythological king Odysseus stopped in Preveli on the way to his homeland, Ithaka. 

Preveli beach walk
What makes Preveli beach so famous is the palm forest surrounding the river, which comes from a gorge and ends up in the sea. The exotic beauty of nature attracted in the 60s and 70s hippies from around the globe who used to live here and make huts under the palm trees

Due to the sensitivity of nature around Preveli Beach, the area is protected by the Natura 2000, and it is a natural reserve, which prohibits human intervention at the beach. There are no facilities, showers, or toilets, and it isn’t organized with sunbeds and umbrellas.

Don't be fooled into thinking you will get any peace and quiet in summer, because the beach is busy. There are sun lounges for hire and paddle boats. Ferries and private boats bring more visitors every time you wake up from your snooze.

The best seasons to visit are spring and autumn; May/June, then September/October respectively, when the beach is quieter.

There is, however, a canteen at the one end of the beach, where you can get snacks and drinks. There are a few tables and chairs around there. It is convenient because you can find basic things that you might need like water or food. 

Preveli Beach mixes in a clean, clear river, a gorge walk, and a freshwater lagoon, all in one adorable little package. It should definitely be added to your bucket list of things to see in Crete.

The monastery of Ag.Ioanni Theologou (Moni Preveli)

The monastery of Preveli
The monastery of Ag.Ioanni Theologou (Moni Preveli) is peaceful and clean with an old world charm.
This legendary monastery has the most beautiful church, filled with breathtaking paintings and art. There is even a little museum inside as well as a small shop where the monks sell quality Cretan honey they themselves produce.
They also sell handmade beeswax candles, prayer ropes and incense; all made by the monks. You can even find religious books. All the money goes to the monastery's upkeep and with only four monks left the locals help out a lot. Right outside the monastery is a little cafe.
There are also many beautiful flowers and a zoo. A must see for visitors to the island of Crete. On the way to the monastery you have the nicest view point on Preveli palm beach.
Ladies please remember to cover shoulders and back.

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